The commitment of LEVERAGE to agriculture and rural development has been
shaped by the recognition of the benefits and opportunities for learning through
utilization and sharing of varied practical development experiences of developing
countries. Often, there is almost unavoidable tendency to employ advanced
country standards in the adoption of development strategies for developing
countries. Such practice could be self-defeating. Developing countries differ
greatly from developed countries in resources and structure. The attitude of their
people likewise requires deep understanding to be able to appreciate the unique
characteristics and dimensions of their development issues and problems.
- Land resources appraisal and use
- Water resources appraisal and use, Physical infrastructure
- Crop production
- Livestock service
LEVERAGE seeks to strengthen local capability for the organization and selection
of appropriate development paths. It provides assistance in the development of
relevant and effective policies and programs. It analyzes how policy and program
choices can affect future development conditions. Nearly thirty professionals and
policy makers from several disciplines have been drawn directly into Leverage
International (Consultants), Inc. to direct their efforts towards agricultural research
and development activities. Together, they enable the company to focus on four
major aspects - policy, technology, practical rural development approaches and
institution-building in the fields of livestock development, fisheries and aquaculture,
crop production, forestry and agricultural education.
LEVERAGE likewise maintains technical cooperation and association
arrangements with other leading consulting firms; universities, educational,
training and extension centers; and research institutes, both local and foreign.
This way, the company is able to promote a systematic exchange of expertise,
information and facilities for effective translation of needs of developing countries
into specific action programs.